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Medicines management: How best to manage medicines that patients bring into hospital

When patients bring their own medicines into hospital, it is important they are managed effectively. The following tips from medicines management expert Matt Griffiths will help ensure your patients get the right medicines at the right time, and that they are stored safely.

When patients bring their own medicines into hospital, it is important they are managed effectively. The following tips from medicines management expert Matt Griffiths will help ensure your patients get the right medicines at the right time, and that they are stored safely

Patients are often asked to bring their own medications into hospital. This helps staff to keep an accurate record of what is currently being prescribed and actually taken, and ensures any medication issues can be addressed.

It also helps ensure that patients receive their regular medication if those medicines aren’t stocked in the hospital pharmacy.

Patients with multiple conditions often bring vast quantities of medications into hospital. When they move wards, their medicines sometimes don’t follow them and can get lost, meaning they need to be replaced by the hospital pharmacy, sometimes at considerable cost.

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